The certified instructors of Miss Fits Fitness Studio, Inc. are indeed misfits in the gym industry, as they steer clear of exercise machinery. Instead, they rely on dynamic, female-centric workouts to condition muscles and burn calories. Their curriculum covers Mommy and Me, Zumba, yoga, Pilates/boxing, and dance—including choreography from current music videos. And although the studio rejects machines, it employs a variety of specialized equipment. Kangoo jump boots, for example, enable students to leap and bounce during low-impact cardio routines, and dance poles provide the support for sultry moves that also tone the body.
A workout routine is vulnerable to falling into just that—a routine. But with her women’s-only outdoor boot camps, coach Allison Reynolds stomps out the flickering embers of boredom, leading groups of ladies through intense, total-body sessions that, like siblings, are never identical. Sometimes, Allison sets classes amid the breezy shores of a lake; other times, students scale the ramps of a parking garage. No matter the locale, Allison’s workouts typically feature heavy doses of sprints, calisthenics, stairs, and a medley of other conditioning exercises.
Master Gym’s training facility houses circuit weight stations, elliptical machines, and other high-quality cardio equipment. Members can work up a sweat following their own routine, or they can join in on one of the regularly scheduled classes. Zumba classes burn calories with fun dance routines set to Latin-inspired music, and cardio-kickboxing sessions help tone muscles using a series of jabs, hooks, and other boxing moves. Master Gym also offers boot-camp sessions, which mix a variety of exercises to build strength and endurance.
Warrior Nation's intense boot-camp workouts challenge participants to get fit, shed weight, and finally learn how to properly apply warpaint. The dynamic workouts are held in parks and include everything from interval training to plyometrics. The focus on functional exercise?plus the outdoor location?hammers home the fact that you don't need a gym to get in great shape.
Cupcakes Fitness’s supportive, flirtatious fitness classes strengthen physiques and build self-confidence for women of all body types and fitness levels. Pole-fitness classes welcome novices into beginner sessions and challenge more experienced dancers with upside-down moves more alluring than bedazzled tube socks, while Piloxing classes burn fat and sculpt muscles with a blend of Pilates and boxing. Fitness sessions ranging from Cardio Flirt, a dance class that culls moves from music videos to Bellydance Fit, a sinuous fusion of belly dancing and Egyptian dance, torch calories while carving long, lean muscles.